Strut Tower rip

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Wed Jan 26 22:58:12 EST 2005

Cut out the web that is cracking, and it can't crack further.


> From: "Sean" <coonhound at>
> Reply-To: coonhound at
> Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 22:46:03 -0500 (EST)
> To: 200q20v at
> Subject: Re: Strut Tower rip
> RE: strut tower rip or stress fracture
> Purchased my 91 200 20v avant this summer for $4k w/ 146k miles from a 60+
> -year-old woman named Sheila who'd purchased it with 50k in 1995 from
> Gertrude, then a woman in her fifties.  The point: car had literally been
> driven by 2 little old ladies for 13 years...and the fracture in the sheet
> metal webbing inboard of the right strut tower near the firewall existed-
> about halfway to the hole.  In the past 6 months with a spirited driver
> clocking 12k already, the fracture has tripled in length- straight through the
> hole- and continues to grow.
> Five months ago, I brought it to NEA (Northern European Automotive) of
> Concord, NH and requested their opinion.  They were "willing to weld it", but
> suggested I do nothing.
> This problem is a source of concern to this owner.  Something must be done.
> But it seems nobody on this list has tried any method of fixing the problem.
> Perhaps a few listers who share this concern can each try different methods
> and report back over the miles.
> I'll be guinea pig #1.
> Sean
> Dover, NH
> 91 200 20v Avant (about to have SPORT seats...yes!)
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